The Auckland Chapter of the Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia & New Zealand (BJSM) recently organised a memorable cultural evening in the city.

The event saw the members of the Indian diaspora having a gala time.

Talking about the do, BJSM’s (Auckland wing) General Secretary Bhrigu Bhaskar said, “The main idea behind organising the event was to bring the community together and share the cultural and ethnic ethos of Bihar, Jharkhand, and India at large.”

The evening at the Ellerslie War Memorial Community Centre commenced with the soulful rendition of the Gayatri Mantra by Bhrigu Bhaskar and BJSM’s treasurer Rajesh Shukla. Cultural performances by kids, including dance, singing, and speech followed.

The event also saw community singers performing soulfully on songs of legendary Indian singers such as KK, Pankaj Udhas, Jagjeet Singh and Rahat Fateh Ali, among others.

Another evening highlight was an energetic and mesmerising dance performance by Kiran Singh and Aarti Pandey on Chham Chham and O re Piya.

The high-on-music evening ended with attendees enjoying delicious food.

BJSM's Auckland Chapter president Chandan Kumar said, "We should have such events more often, especially after reeling with Covid-19."

Talking about her experience, one of the guests, Pallavi Sinha, said, “The event was great and well organised. I enjoyed it a lot throughout the evening, which had excellent arrangements".

Another attendee, Amit Kumar, described the evening as 'awesome'. "What an awesome evening. I was delighted to see my friends and community coming together. We should have such events more often, especially after reeling with Covid-19," said Kumar.